Comment 99189

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 26, 2014 at 17:51:15 in reply to Comment 99187

Yes, that intersection is my nomination for the most obscene road design in the city. A piece of engineering that shuts its eyes and hums so it doesn't have to recognize that it exists in a dense urban neighbourhood.,-79.8592706,361m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

Let's count the ways this design is so bad:

  1. A freeway design that cuts four and five lane one way streets with no crosswalks into an urban neighbourhood.

  2. A gratuitous freeway style on-ramp that cuts Claremont through the grid structure, and wastes large amounts of land (see the three useless triangles of grass). All so Claremont can swell to six, mostly unused, lanes! This design is encouraged by fact Wellington and Victoria are (needlessly) one-way.

  3. No sidewalks on Claremont as it sweeps down to Wellington

  4. You can't see it on the map, but Claremont near Hunter/Wellington/West actually has chainlink fences that stop pedestrians even accessing the street network (e.g. walking south along West Avenue). The design treats Claremont like it is a limited access freeway that needs walls around it!

  5. Main/Wellington/Claremont/Victoria create a traffic sewer moat of 5-lane one-way streets around the little urban enclave of houses, apartment buildings, a church and the Canadian tire that has to rely on vestigial remains of West Av and Hunter as its only roads, at least the only roads that actually serve the neighbourhood.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-03-26 17:55:04

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